It’s disappointing to report that Toshiba’s on-line portal, called Places, is not available on this set, as it really would have transformed its usability. If this paucity of IPTV depresses, remember there are similarly priced screens around that offer zero connectivity. Take comfort also from the fact that Toshiba’s YouTube implementation is terrific, offering as it does access to any hi-def streams that might reside alongside the regular SD block-o-vision served up by most everyone else.
The applications menu is clearly laid out
The 42RL853 can ostensibly stream media across a network, but its file compliancy is several years out of date. Once networked, the TV could see all my Nas devices, but when I started to dig down into individual files, its reticence to play ball quickly became apparent.
Rather spectacularly, the screen failed to stream any popular video format from my nest of networked Nas devices. So if you have AVI, MOV, MPEG4 or MKVs you want to watch you’ll need a different bit of kit entirely to get them on your screen. The manual suggests its happiest with MTS, M2TS, MP4, M4V, MPG and .TS extensions for movies, with limits to 1000 files per folder. With MP4 content, the manual rather unhelpfully adds: some files may not be played.
The remote functions are instantly recognisable
Indeed, the only streaming video success I had was an MPEG-2 .TS file, derived from an AVCHD home recording. Music fared better with MP3 and MP4/M4A support. Across the network, the set correctly read artist/album metadata from my MP3s, although it was unable to display accompanying album art. One rather nice touch though is that as soon as any music file plays, the TV goes into screensaver mode.
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Are you joking?
The latest Samsungs are better, and cheaper than this.
Why would anybody part with £600 for outdated second-brand technology?
The last Scart?
Two Scarts would be good, not everyone wants to pay for Sky HD and manage with a regular Sky +, and use Freeview/FreesatHD on HDMI, so a second Scart for legacy players spare would be a good thing imho
not everyones HD
leave it out not.. not everyones HD. And certainly most broadcast stuff isnt.
The last SCART socket?
Specifically mentioned in the review, but IMO, it looks dated already. I don't care how thin it is, large bezel and diagonal lines are about as trendy as flares.
Commendably cheap however.